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Delta Tau Lambda
ΔΤΛ
Delta Tau Lambda Crest.png
FoundedApril 2, 1994; 28 years ago (1994-04-02)
University of Michigan
TypeProfessional
EmphasisLatina-based
ScopeNational
MottoStrength and Unity are the key to Excellence &
Con Fuerza Construiremos, Con Honestidad Creceremos, Con Unidad nunca seremos Vencidas
TaglineWomen by Chance, Sisters by Choice, Phenomenal by Nature
Colors  Brown
  Gold
  Cream
SymbolAfrican Lion
Flower
Chapters13 Collegiate and 10 Professional/Alumni
NicknameDTL
SongAin't No Stoppin' Sunshine by Yoli
HeadquartersP.O. Box 7714
Ann Arbor, Michigan
USA
WebsiteDelta Tau Lambda National website

Delta Tau Lambda (ΔΤΛ) is a collegiate and professional Greek-lettered sorority. It was founded on April 2, 1994 [1] at the University of Michigan, by Darilís García and Maria Victoria Ramos, with a vision to empower women across the United States and create a network that provides opportunities.

Women are eligible to join regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation, ability, or national origin. The sorority has ten collegiate and six professional/alumni chapters in the United States.

Undergraduate, graduate and professional members engage in community service projects and fundraising for charitable causes; service endeavors encompass both national and local efforts. Community projects have said to include 'Thanksgiving baskets' and 'Child Safety Fairs' as well as national projects such as the American Diabetes Association walk and Race for the Cure. Many projects focus on the Latina/o community, including a scholarship fund.

History

Founders Maria Victoria Ramos and Darilis Garcia-McMillian

Delta Tau Lambda was founded by Darilís García and Maria Victoria Ramos on April 2, 1994. It was the first Latina-based sorority in the Ann Arbor campus.[2]

The founders, Darilís García and Maria Victoria Ramos focused their efforts on academic achievement, community service, and professionalism, as well as supporting causes related to breast cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and mental health. That fall, they hosted the first Salute to Latinas, Fuerza de la Mujer Latina, which has become a staple event for the sorority. In March 1995 the founders created the Lydia Cruz and Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship, named after Darilís’ grandmother and Maria's older sister.

The first line of the organization—Alejandra Montes, Carmela Kudyba, and Adriana Rendon—was initiated on April 5, 1996. The sorority tag line, "Women by chance, sisters by choice, phenomenal by nature," was created by Damaris Madrigal. The Beta chapter was established in 1999 at Roosevelt University by Michelle Gonzalez and Rocio Dominguez. In 2003 the first graduate chapter was created for the Detroit metropolitan area.

Scholarship

Lydia Cruz and Sandra (Ramos) Ruiz

The Lydia Cruz & Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship Fund was established in March 1995. The scholarship is named after Darilís García's grandmother and Maria Victoria Ramos' sister. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school Latina senior that will be attending a two or four-year higher learning institution or a first-year Latina student at a two- or four-year higher learning institution.

Chapters

Collegiate

Chapter School/Location
Alpha University of Michigan
Beta Roosevelt University
Gamma Montgomery, Alabama
Delta University of Texas, El Paso
Epsilon University of South Florida
Zeta Texas A&M University
Eta Michigan State University
Theta Wayne State University
Iota University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kappa Northeastern Illinois University
Lambda Grand Valley State University
Mu Marygrove College
Nu University of Texas-Pan American
Xi Western Michigan University

Graduate Professional

Graduate Professional Alumnae Chapter Location
Alpha Lambda Detroit, Michigan
Beta Lambda El Paso, Texas
Gamma Lambda Chicago, Illinois
Delta Lambda Portland, Oregon
Epsilon Lambda Tampa, Florida
Zeta Lambda San Francisco Bay Area, California
Eta Lambda Tacoma-Seattle Area, Washington
Theta Lambda Rio Grande Valley Area, Texas
Iota Lambda Lansing, Michigan
Kappa Lambda Miami, Florida

Citations

  1. ^ Muñoz & Guardia, 2009, Nuestra Historia y Futuro (Our History and Future): Latino/a Fraternities and Sororities” p. 114
  2. ^ "Delta Tau Lambda Herstory". Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc., National Board. Retrieved 28 May 2010.

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